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Freelance Make Up Artist and Stylist who shuttles between New York, Italy and Dubai, Anna has been in the Make Up industry since 1996. She trained under Mario Dedivanovic and Scott Barnes in NYC and has a certificate for Hairstyling from Cinema Make Up School A true lover of all the elements of Fashion, she studied Fashion Design and Styling at the prestigious Istituto Europeo Di Design in Milan, Italy.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

THE SUMMER BRIDE

How's everyone doing? Hope everyone is in great spirits, happy and healthy :) I, on the other hand have been busy with bridal work, moving apartments - looking for the right curtains, talking to the carpenters etc. 

This is the 4th Bridal look for this year's June Bride Special. When I thought about the Summer Bride, I not only considered the most prominent inspiration for the season, which is the scorching heat of the sun but all the other elements related to summer as well - the blueness of the sea, how the sun looks like when it sets, its reflection on the water and generally the easy vibe of the season.

I hope you lovelies like the Summer Bride look, have an amazing weekend and I will be back for more posts as soon as I get settled in.

Love and Light,

A



 PRE MAKE UP PREPARATION
DERMALOGICA SKIN HYDRATING BOOSTER
DERMALOGICA SKIN SMOOTHING CREAM
DERMALOGICA CLIMATE CONTROL LIP TREATMENT

L' OREAL STUDIO SECRETS SMOOTHING RESURFACING CREAM

FOR THE BASE
MAC PRO LONGWEAR FOUNDATION IN NC 35
MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER IN NC 35
ELF HD POWDER

FOR THE CHEEKS
NARS' BRONZER IN LAGUNA

FOR THE HIGHLIGHT
MAC'S CHEZ CHEZ LAME 

FOR THE CONTOUR
MAKE UP FOREVER CONTOUR KIT

 FOR THE BROWS
BEN NYE BROW PENCIL IN LIGHT BROWN
BENEFIT BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT
MIKYAJY BROW GEL

FOR THE EYES
URBAN DECAY'S PRIMER POTION
MAC PIGMENTS IN BLONDE'S GOLD ON THE TEAR DUCTS
MAC PIGMENTS IN GOLD MODE ON THE MID LID
MAC'S REFLECTS IN BRONZE ON THE OUTER LID
URBAN DECAY'S BUCK E/S ON THE CREASE
URBAN DECAY'S VIRGIN E/S ON THE BROW BONE

FOR THE EYES
MIKYAJY'S GLITTER EYELINER IN TRENDY BLUE

FOR THE EYES
NARS EYE SHADOW IN RATED R ON THE LOWER LASH LINE 
(ELECTRIC BLUE ONE)

 FOR THE LASHES
ESTEE LAUDER'S DOUBLE WEAR MASCARA

FOR THE LIPS
MAC'S LIPLINER IN LURE
MAC'S LIPSTICK IN VEGAS VOLT
MAC'S LIP GLASS IN MORANGE

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

THE GLAMOROUS BRIDE

Hi Lovelies! I normally post the Bridal look of the week every Thursday, however, Italy will be playing against Croatia tomorrow at 2000 local time here in Dubai and I will be watching the Azzuri in action.

When I conceptualised the look for the ultimate Glamorous Bride I thought about a sleek Valentino gown, preferably a sheath made from the finest silk, diamond chandelier earrings and rich red lips. She is someone who is unapologetic of the awing effect that she will have on her guests. It is her big day in the 1st place and she deserves to shine like no other.

I hope you all like this 3rd look and cheer with me tomorrow!

Love and Light,

A

 PRE MAKE UP PREPARATION
DERMALOGICA MULTI ACTIVE TONER
DERMALOGICA HYDRATING BOOSTER
DERMALOGICA SMOOTHING CREAM
DERMALOGICA CLIMATE CONTROL LIP TREATMENT
BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL


FOR THE BASE
KRYOLAN PAINTSTICK IN ELO
COASTAL SCENTS CONCEALER PALETTE
ELF HI DEFINITION POWDER

FOR THE CONTOUR
MAKE UP FOREVER SCULPTING KIT

FOR THE HIGHLIGHT
MAC'S IN EXTRA DIMENSION SKIN FINISH IN SUPERB

FOR THE CHEEKS
NARS BLUSH IN ORGASM

FOR THE BROWS
BEN NYE EYE BROW PENCIL IN TAUPE
BENEFIT BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT
MIKYAJY CLEAR BROW GEL

FOR THE EYES
URBAN DECAY'S PRIMER POTION
URBAN DECAY'S E/S IN VIRGIN ON THE TEAR DUCTS AND BROW BONE
URBAN DECAY'S E/S IN SIN ON THE LIDS
URBAN DECAY'S E/S IN SMOG AND DARK HORSE ON THE CREASE AS WELL AS ON THE LOWER LASH LINE
MAC'S TEDDY APPLIED ON THE LASH BED AND SMUDGED
MAC'S FELINE APPLIED ON THE WATERLINE AND SMUDGED
DIOR SHOW EXTASE ON THE LASHES


 FOR THE LIPS
MAC'S RUSSIAN RED LIPSTICK AND LIP GLASS



Monday, June 11, 2012

BACK TO REGULAR PROGRAMMING! LET US FRINGE IT!

Hi Lovelies! Back to regular programming for a bit! One of the features that I did in 2009, if I am not mistaken was a flashback of Tom Ford's reign as Creative Director at Gucci. Unlike a lot of bloggers, I do not necessarily follow all the shows during fashion week but I do closely monitor my favourites like Balmain (circa Descarnin and Rousteing); Gucci (circa Ford and Giannini) and of course Dolce and Gabbana.

So, it is not a surprise if I stalk Mr. Ford's website! hahahahaha and was so happy to find that his Spring/Summer 2012 collection features Fringed Skirts.So, I took out my New Look fringed skirt from its hiatus and paired it with a plain black t-shirt. 

I love mixing different kinds of texture when I putting together outfits, whether it is for myself of for when I am styling a shoot.

Hope you like the outfit and have a great evening! :)

Love and Light,

A

PLAIN BLACK T- SHIRT FROM SPLASH
FRINGE SKIRT FROM NEW LOOK
BELT FROM MANGO
PUMPS FROM ALSO
BAG FROM LOUIS VUITTON

Sunday, June 10, 2012

CHOOSING YOUR FABRICS AND MY ADVENTURE DOWNTOWN

Hi lovelies! How was your weekend? I hope it was amazing. :) I had a very productive one, 2 bridal trials :) and apologies for the late post but I had to watch Italy's 1st match today. 

If you follow me on twitter, last Thursday I mentioned that I was going to embark on an adventure downtown to educate myself about the many fabrics that are often used on wedding gowns and I have to tell you, I had an amazing time exploring Meena Bazaar! 

If you live in Dubai, you might want to skip driving to Meena Bazaar as parking can be really difficult. I took the metro and went down at Al Fahidi Street. I think it was about a 5 minute walk till I reached the heart of Meena Bazaar. The weather was fantastic! I felt as if it knew that I'll be walking a lot and it cooperated with me. :)

I found some amazing things, got educated about fabrics, laces, nets and embellishments, met fascinating people in my hunt for the ultimate materials for that ONE PERFECT DRESS. :)

So, read on and hope you pick up a thing or two. :)

Love and Light,

A





FIRST STOP WAS GREEN PLAZA TRADING. 
I GOT LURED INTO THE STOP BECAUSE OF THEIR EYE CATCHING COSTUME JEWELRY.

THEY HAVE AN AMAZING SELECTION OF TIARAS! ITS YOUR BIG DAY SO YOU CAN BE A PRINCESS IF YOU WISH, A BEAUTY QUEEN. ACCORDING TO VICKY, GREEN PLAZA'S PROPRIETOR, THEIR TIARAS STARTS AS LOW AS AED 35 TO AED 200.

NEXT STOP WAS REGAL TRADERS WHERE I MET BHAVESH. HE IS ONE FASCINATING MAN. HE HAS BEEN WORKING FOR REGAL FOR 18 YEARS AND I HAVE NEVER MET A  MORE JOYOUS SALES PERSON. HE WAS VERY ACCOMMODATING AND ANSWERED ALL MY QUESTIONS.

HE EVEN CALLED TODAY TO LET ME KNOW THAT THEY RECEIVED NEW FRENCH NET SHIPMENTS.

ACCORDING TO BHAVESH THE FREQUENTLY REQUESTED FABRIC FOR WEDDING GOWNS ARE DUCHESSE SATIN, ORGANZA, PEAU DE SOIE, SHANTUNG SILK AND TAFFETA. 

IN AS MUCH AS I WANT TO DESCRIBE EACH FABRIC, IT IS ACTUALLY QUITE DIFFICULT. YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TOUCH IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELF.

MY PERSONAL CHOICE IS THE DUCHESSE SATIN. :)

BHAVESH ALSO SHOWED ME CREPE SATIN WHICH RETAILS FOR AED 45 OR +/- USD 12. THE CREPE SATIN'S NON SHINY SIDE IS ALSO VERY NICE. 

FRENCH NET IN WHITE
I ORIGINALLY WANTED DUCHESSE SATIN WITH AN OVERLAY OF FRENCH LACE BUT BHAVESH SHOWED ME THIS FRENCH LACE AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. 
IT COMES IN SO MANY COLOURS AND DIFFERENT PATTERNS.

FRENCH NET IN OLD ROSE
THIS RETAILS FOR AED 336 OR +/- USD 92 PER YARD.

MY FIRST CHOICE - FRENCH LACE
REGAL DOESN'T SELL THIS PER YARD. YOU NEED TO BUY THE WHOLE ROLL WHICH IS ABOUT 5 1/2 METRES FOR AED 570 OR +/- USD 156.
THIS FRENCH LACE IS FROM DENTELLE CALAIS IN THE LYON REGION :)

MY LAST STOP WAS FOURESS TRADING. 
IT IS A SMALL SHOP OWNED AND MANAGED BY THIS VERY ACCOMMODATING MAN NAMED AMIRUDDIN. 

HERE YOU WILL FIND ALL KINDS OF EMBELLISHMENTS. LOOK AT THAT SHELF! I WAS SIFTING THROUGH LACE BORDERS UPON LACE BORDERS TO FIND WHAT I WANTED! HEHEHE

HOPE YOU LOVELIES, PICKED UP A THING OR TWO AND FOR FUTURE BRIDES OUT THERE, DONT BE AFRAID TO SURVEY YOUR LOCAL AREA FOR AMAZING FINDS. IF YOU ARE THE DIY PERSON LIKE ME, YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND MATERIALS FOR YOUR VERY OWN BRIDAL PROJECT. :)




EVER AFTER... ALL ABOUT NECKLINES

Last year i talked about the different kinds of silhouettes but left out the many necklines that you can choose from. So, this year, let us take a look at the assortment of necklines that will flatter your body on your big day. :)

Coming Up.......
Let's go Fabric Shopping in the City

Another Bridal Look.

Stay happy and healthy lovelies!

Love and Light,

A



 ASSYMETRICAL
THIS IS AMAZING IF YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR COLLARBONE BUT STEER CLEAR OF THIS NECKLINE IF YOU HAVE BROAD SHOULDERS

BATEAU
ANOTHER GREAT NECKLINE TO ACCENTUATE YOUR COLLARBONE BUT AVOID THIS IF YOU ARE HEAVY ON THE CHEST.

 SCOOP
THIS NECKLINE WORKS ON MOST BODY TYPES. 
IF YOU ARE CONSERVATIVE, THE SCOOP CAN STAY AS HIGH UP AS YOU WANT OR YOU CAN ALSO SHOW A LITTLE CLEAVAGE.

 SQUARE
THIS NECKLINE WILL WORK WONDERS FOR WOMEN WHO ARE WELL ENDOWED WHO WISHES NOT TO REVEAL TOO MUCH.

STRAPLESS
A CLASSIC NECKLINE AND WORKS BEST IF YOU ARE WELL ENDOWED, GRACEFUL SHOULDERS AND COLLARBONE TO DIE FOR BUT STEER CLEAR OF THIS NECKLINE TYPE IF YOU ARE SMALL CHESTED.

 HALTER
BROAD SHOULDERED BELLAS.... THIS IS THE NECKLINE FOR YOU!
FULL CHESTED WOMEN AND THOSE WITH NARROW SHOULDERS SHOULD OPT FOR A DIFFERENT NECKLINE.

 OFF SHOULDER
THIS NECKLINE FLATTERS MOST BODY TYPES BUT SINCE THE SLEEVES A SOMEWHAT CAPPED, WOMEN WITH FULLER ARMS SHOULD AVOID THIS.

QUEEN ANNE
I THINK THIS IS A SEXIER VERSION OF THE HALTER NECK LINE AND IN MY OPINION PERFECT FOR SHOWING OFF AMAZING SHOULDERS AND ARMS AS WELL AS A LITTLE CLEAVAGE.

 SWEETHEART
OR IN LAYMAN'S TERM, A SIMPLE BUSTIER. THIS WORKS FOR MOST BODY TYPES

V NECK
THIS NECKLINE WORKS WELL WITH WOMEN WHO AREN'T EXACTLY BLESSED WITH A GRACEFUL AND SWAN LIKE NECK AS THIS GIVES THE ILLUSION OF LENGTH , MAKES YOU LOOK SLIMMER.

PORTRAIT
WORKS WELL FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE FULL ARMS AND PROMINENT COLLAR BONES.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

THE SIMPLE BRIDE

The Simple Bride will mesmerise you with her calmness and her no fuss approach to beauty. Her natural beauty enhanced by shades found naturally on her face, creams, browns, beiges even gold and she walks the down the aisle you melt a she gives you that beguiling smile


Hope you lovelies like this simple bridal look.


Love and Light,
A


HAIR AND MAKE UP: ANNA DE LEON
PHOTOGRAPHY: RAFAEL DE LA CRUZ




FOR THE SKIN


PRE MAKE UP PREPARATION
DERMALOGICA'S MULTI ACTIVE TONER
DERMALOGICA'S SKIN HYDRATING BOOSTER
BENEFIT'S POREFESSIONAL
DERMALOGICA'S CLIMATE CONTROL LIP TREATMENT


FOR THE BASE
KRYOLAN PAINTSTICK IN ELO
COASTAL SCENTS CONCEALER PALETTE
ELF HIGH DEFINITION POWDER


FOR THE BROWS
BEN NYE'S BROW PENCIL IN TAUPE
BENEFIT BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT
MIKYAJY'S CLEAR BROW GEL

FOR THE EYES
URBAN DECAY'S PRIMER POTION
URBAN DECAY'S VIRGIN E/S APPLIED ON THE TEAR DUCTS AND BROW BONE
URBAN DECAY'S SIN E/S APPLIED ON THE LIDS
URBAN DECAY'S BUCK E/S APPLIED ON THE CREASE
URBAN DECAY'S SMOG APPLIED ON THE OUTER V AND DARK HORSE AS WELL

FOR THE EYES
MAC'S KOHL PENCIL IN TEDDY APPLIED ON THE LASH LINE AND SMUDGED ON THE LOWER LASH LINE
MAKE UP FOREVER'S KOHL PENCIL IN 2K APPLIED ON THE WATERLINE
DIOR SHOW EXTASE APPLIED ON THE TOP AND BOTTOM LASHES

FOR THE CHEEKS
NARS' BLUSH IN ORGASM


FOR THE CONTOUR
MAKE UP FOREVER'S CONTOUR KIT


FOR THE HIGHLIGHT
MAC'S IN EXTRADIMENSION SKIN FINISH IN SUPERB


FOR THE LIPS
MAC'S CREAMOLA LIP LINER
MAC'S LIPSTICK IN MODESTY


SMILE!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

THE BOHEMIAN SPRING BRIDE

She will walk barefoot in the beach, pick wild flowers for her bouquet and she will wear a flowing wedding dress not in white but in her favourite shade... she is THE BOHEMIAN SPRING BRIDE.

Hope you all like this look.

Love and Light,
A


HAIR AND MAKE UP: ANNA DE LEON
PHOTOGRAPHY: DANABELLE GUTIERREZ



FOR THE SKIN

PRE MAKE UP PREPARATION
DERMALOGICA'S SKIN HYDRATING BOOSTER
DERMALOGICA'S CLIMATE CONTROL LIP TREATMENT
BENEFIT'S POREFESSIONAL

FOR THE BASE
MAC'S MATCHMASTER FOUNDATION IN 4.1
MAC'S MINERALISE SKIN FINISH IN NATURAL

FOR THE CHEEKS
MAC'S CREME BLUSH IN UNCOMMON
NARS' BLUSH IN ORGASM

FOR THE HIGHLIGHT
MAC'S POWDER IN HONEY ROSE USED WITH EVERYDAY MINERALS KABUKI BRUSH

FOR THE CONTOUR
MAKE UP FOREVER'S CONTOURING KIT USED WITH INGLOT'S DOUBLE SIDED BRUSH.

FOR THE BROWS
BEN NYE'S BROW PENCIL IN TAUPE
BENEFIT'S BROW ZINGS IN LIGHT USING MAC'S 266 ANGLED BRUSH
MIKYAJY'S BROW SET IN CLEAR

FOR THE EYES
URBAN DECAY'S PRIMER POTION
MAKE UP FOREVER'S STAR POWDER IN 90920 ON THE INNER LID AND TEAR DUCT.
EVERYDAY MINERALS EYE SHADOW IN CHERRY FIZZ
MAC'S CRUSH PIGMENT IN RAINDROP ON THE OUTER LID
URBAN DECAY'S EYE SHADOW IN BUCK ON THE CREASE
URBAN DECAY'S SIN ON THE BROW BONE

FOR THE EYES
COASTAL SCENTS GEL LINER IN TRUFFLE
MAC'S LINER IN TEDDY
MAC'S CRUSHED PIGMENT IN BUTTERFLY PARTY
MAKE UP FOREVER'S LINER IN 2K
DIOR SHOW EXTASE MASCARA

FOR THE LIPS
INGLOT'S PRECISION LIP LINER IN 63
INGLOT'S LIP PAINT IN 51